Let me say upfront that I love JAK books, under whichever name she writes.
However, River Road takes us down some familiar avenues; there is always morLet me say upfront that I love JAK books, under whichever name she writes.
However, River Road takes us down some familiar avenues; there is always more than one villain; the young H/h having a short crush before being separated for years (Canyons of Night 2011); the middle aged women living together (presumably as lesbians, though its never made clear in black & white)(Deception 1993);the fight in the winery with the h throwing wine bottles to defend herself (Witchcraft 1985); the H solves cold cases (Light in Shadow 2003 & Truth or Dare 2003). I'm sure there are more, these are just the ones that sprang to mind.
Lucy & Mason whilst having a strong attraction don't fall into insta-love which is refreshing, but you can see them moving towards each other. They also don't try to solve the case/s by themselves, but involve others and the Sheriff where appropriate.
One point I'm still wondering about is why the sociopath Brinker was so scared of Lucy's aunt Sara. As the story progresses it is made clear that he is, but no explanation is ever given.
I did figure out who the bad guys were fairly early but then I've been reading JAK for 35 yrs and am very familiar with her style.
Another smoothly written, fun and enjoyable read by JAK....more
I enjoyed it, but I get sick of the villains being "mad" alright, just insane then.
No paranormal elements in this one, but that's ok. But with so manI enjoyed it, but I get sick of the villains being "mad" alright, just insane then.
No paranormal elements in this one, but that's ok. But with so many books under her belt Ms Krentz does bring back some well worn themes.
Insanity; h is a lady adventuress through necessity ie compromised in her naive youth by the guy who ends up being the baddest bad guy; spectacular jewellery which is the obsession of the ex of the H; H is a scientist and unintentionally scares off women with his Lab, though at least he dresses correctly this time and isn't scruffy. And helping the police inspector with access to the upper classes.
Loved the solar vs petrol angle, that was definitely a new take.
Overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book by Quick/Castle/Krentz....more
Ellie St Clair, a psy-botanist, living on Harmony has moved to Cadence City to escape her broken engagement to Cooper Boone, Guild Boss of Aurora SpriEllie St Clair, a psy-botanist, living on Harmony has moved to Cadence City to escape her broken engagement to Cooper Boone, Guild Boss of Aurora Springs. This is no small thing as Ellie has grown up in one of the top Guild families of Aurora Springs and has always had to do the right thing.
The reason she broke her engagement was because Cooper was not putting her first, he is a workaholic plus he had a few problems to solve when he took over the Guild. But everyone told him that Ellie was a sheltered little girl so he didn't tell her anything of what was going on. Needless our Hero underestimated our heroine, and as all the villans in JAKs novels always do too.
One villan in particular has followed Ellie to Cadence, Palmer Frazier, ex Council member of the Guild, and he has plans to use Ellie to take over Aurora Springs.
Both Cooper and Palmer are 'blue ghost freaks' and that is another secret Cooper has kept from Ellie.
Meanwhile Ellie has settled down in Cadence, made friends, opened her own business and been adopted by her own dust bunny, Rose.
Various adventures, dead bodies, drugs and an incompetent dectective later we have our HEA.
Love the dust bunnies and world building in these Harmony novels.
My opinion of this new series JAK book hasn't changed, it is still well written, good characters, Victorian England at its paranormalRe-read 18/2/13
My opinion of this new series JAK book hasn't changed, it is still well written, good characters, Victorian England at its paranormal romance best.
That said, JAK has repeated some plot points from previous books, the people eating plant maze, the Sensation Writer heroine, the murky crystals and the most obvious one, the psychical nature of our H/h. It so obviously draws on the Arcane books without ever mentioning them.
The paranormal, creepy gardens surrounding the almost abandoned house of the dead mad botanist, inherited by our Hero Lucas Sebastian, becomes its own character.
Our Paid Companion/Sensation Writer/Private Enquiry Agent heroine Evangeline Ames, who is renting the cottage on the edge of said creepy garden, flees towards it at 2am to avoid a knife wielding would-be murderer.
And the plot is set. JAK weaves effortlessly between several subplots, murders, attempted murders, missing servants, treasure hunters, with the menace of the garden increasing all the time.
Looking forward to the next Ladies of Lantern Street novel....more
For those of you that have read JAK's Arcane series, this is similar in style.
Abby Radwell, is a freelance hot psychic book-dealer. Not stolen but psyFor those of you that have read JAK's Arcane series, this is similar in style.
Abby Radwell, is a freelance hot psychic book-dealer. Not stolen but psychically enhanced, sometimes encrypted, book-dealer. She becomes aware that a 40yr old hot lab book is out there when she is simultaneously bribed and blackmailed to find it.
She approaches an old friend for advice. His answer is to contact Sam Coppersmith, pronto!
Our Hero Sam Coppersmith, head of the R & D lab of Coppersmith Inc, has a paranormal power associated with crystals.
As with all JAK books there are lots of twists and turns including kidnapping attempts, dead ex-girlfriends, long lost heirs, crystal weapons, horrible family histories, gutsy friends and cute pets. And of course a HEA that pleases all the senses....more